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Schoolchildren With Umbrellas Photograph by Jodi Cobb Nothing can dampen the enthusiasm of Taipei schoolchildren gathered for a celebration of Double Ten, Taiwan's national day. Double Ten remembers the October 10, 1911, revolution that ended China’s last dynasty.
During the one-week vacation around the Chinese national day in October even the coal mine was closed. Most of the miners went back to their family homes with some ducks and full of sweet treats in their big bags symbolizing their financial success. For most middle-class Chinese including the miners there is an ambitious drive to be richer which forces them to move around to look for well-paid jobs. With the increased number of people working away from their families the significance…
Dia de los Muertos Skull - This decorative pumpkin skull captures the festive spirit of Dia de los Muertos in memory of the dead. - At its origin, this is the same day as America's Halloween, but commercialism (which has its origins in Protestant capitalism) has eliminated - or altered perhaps - the spiritual essence of the holiday.